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This list has been curated by a Central Park volunteer parent taking into account the Central Park mission and vision that incorporates a new educational model of STEAM, project-based learning, design thinking and passion-led learning.

 

Details of prices and platforms change constantly so please Google the title for the latest accurate information.

 

This list was created based on the following principles:

 

1) It must be fun.

2) It should have feedback that helps the child learn other than simply "right" or "wrong".

3) Visual representations of concepts are a bonus.

4) Kinesthetic manipulations are a bonus.

5) It should allow the child to create solutions in more than one method.

6) It should have have room for a child to create not just replicate.

7) It should promote interaction not just 1-way passive observation.

8) It should have minimal advertising.

 

App Reviews

App reviews for parents by an independent non-profit:

 

Common Sense Media App Review (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews)

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

 

 

App reviews by a former teacher on her blog:

 

Appydazeblog (https://appydazeblog.com/)

Educational apps for kids and the adults in their lives.

 

BrainPOP Jr.

BrainPopJr.png"Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. content is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9"

 

BrainPOP Jr. has both a web site as well as an app. The limited version of the app and web site are free but to access the full content you need to pay a monthly subscription. There is a lot of free content that is still worth downloading without a subscription. I was surprised at how much my kids were enjoying watching the BrainPOP Jr. videos about fractions, parts of speech, Harriet Tubman, etc.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainpop-jr.-movie-of-the-week/id536371867?mt=8

BrainPOP

BrainPOP.jpg"BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more."

 

BrainPOP has both a web site and an app. The web site has much more content. It requires a subscription to access more content beyond the free download. Even just the free content is fun and educational for kids.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainpop-featured-movie/id364894352?mt=8